Kevin Manuel was a Professional Associate in Economics for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest and reported on macroeconomic developments in Romania and the EU.  He is a data scientist by trade, specializing in machine-learning and optimization modeling for financial institutions. Kevin previously worked for one of the nation’s largest lenders, where he oversaw the risk of their loan portfolios.


The authors share findings from the first public evaluation of the ESF, including information on deployment geography, language requirements, and scientific area of the proposal, as well as an evaluation of its success from the alumni perspective.